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To identify, investigate, and arrest criminals who through the use of digital technologies seek to exploit children for personal or commercial gain.

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $237,531)

Using OJJDP funds, the Portsmouth Police Department will continue it's efforts to provide an effective statewide response to technology facilitated exploitation of children in the State of New Hampshire. This funding will be used to provide portions of the salary and benefits of Portsmouth Police Department employees tasked with duties related to the administration and implementation of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force program within the State of New Hampshire. These employees act as criminal investigators, as well as forensic examiners for ICAC related investigations. In addition, this award will be used to provide specialized equipment, training and supplies to forensic examiners, law enforcement investigators and prosecutors assigned to New Hampshire ICAC investigations or prosecutions. Finally, the funding will be utilized to provide overtime reimbursement for costs incurred by the Portsmouth Police Department and seven (7) affiliate agencies to conduct ICAC operations, investigations, prosecutions and provide for increased educational/public internet safety presentations.

Pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Act, the ICAC Task Force shall 1) consist of State and local investigators, prosecutors, forensic specialists, and education specialists who are dedicated to addressing the goals of the task force; 2) engage in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions of Internet crimes against children; 3) provide forensic, preventive, and investigative assistance to parents, educator, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other concerned with Internet crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency responses and partnerships to Internet crimes against children offenses through ongoing informational, administrative, and technological support to other State and local law enforcement agencies, as a means for such agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and specialized equipment to investigate and prosecute such offenses; 5) participate in nationally coordinated investigations in any case in which the Attorney General determines such participation to be necessary, as permitted by the available resource of such task force; 6) establish or adopt investigative and prosecution standards consistent with norms, to which such task force shall comply; 7) investigate, and seek prosecution on, tips related to Internet crimes against children, including tips from Operation Fairplay, the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline, ICAC task forces, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, with priority being given to investigate leads that indicate possibility of identifying or rescuing child victims, including investigative leads that indicate a likelihood of seriousness of offense or dangerousness to the community; 8) develop procedures for handling seized evidence; 9) maintain reports required by OJJDP and other reports and records as determined by the Attorney General; and 10) seek to comply with national standards regarding the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes against children, as set forth by the Attorney General, to the extent such standards are consistent with the law of the State where the task force is located.


Date Created: September 27, 2012